Thursday, March 21, 2013

Best Black Bean Chocolate Cake...Gluten Free

here you have what i believe to be 

in the world of diet conscious...GLUTEN FREE...waistline friendly treats...this dark chocolate 'brownie cake' is a winner.  even those not seeking "healthy foods" love this darn cake.  i've made it 4 times with a few variations.  you absolutely would not know there are black beans in this cake.  friends were amazed after i shared the ingredients.
i've tried a few other bean cake/brownie recipes, but they didn't come near this cake posted by Josephine at A tasty Love Story.

AND it's only 90 calories per fat chocolaty slice.
 you can feel good about eating it...a lot of it.  go ahead slather it with peanut butter or your favorite homemade jam.  eat it for breakfast with vanilla greek yogurt and some fresh berries.  an afternoon pick-me-up with a nice cuppa joe...a late night chocolate attack...

slightly adapted from A Tasty Love Story by Josephine Malene Kofod
please check her blog...lovely photography and fab foods
makes 1 medium loaf tin.

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar...i have used Zsweet substitute as well
3 heaping Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup/50G dark chocolate chips or chunks
1 tsp espresso powder
1/4 tsp chipotle powder, optional
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tsp baking soda
juice and zest form 1/2 orange
pinch of salt

preheat oven to 350 F
in a blender or processor combine all of the ingredients, except the chocolate.  blend until smooth.
NOTE...i do the beans first in the processor with 1 egg until VERY smooth.  then i add the rest of the ingredients.
pour the batter into a parchment lined medium loaf tin....Josephine notes that the batter will be very runny.  that's okay.  distribute the chocolate solids in and on the batter.  i like to push some down in so you get some in every bite...
bake for approx. 35 minutes.  do the toothpick test.  don't over bake, but make sure the center is baked through.
cool completely before removing from pan.
variations...more chipotle, a little cinnamon, peanut butter chips, toasted pecans, cocoa nibs ?...

approx. nutritional facts
1/10th of loaf using Zsweet

calories...90,   protein...5g,  carbs...11g,  fat...3.8g,  fiber...2.8g


Anonymous said...

Hi Jules - this looks good! How many oz tin of beans, though? (Living in South Africa, suspect our can sizes might differ!)

Elizabeth said...

I've made black bean brownies before, but have never thought to bake them into a cake! That's genius!

lj said...

I have a loaf baking in my oven right now! I didn't have any black beans so I used kidney beans. Thanks for the recipe!

Jules and Ruby said...

hi's a 15oz can...420 grams. canned is the easiest way to go, but i think the original says her can was 14oz. don't forget to drain and rinse the beans.

hi Elizabeth...i've made brownies before as well, but they never turned out that great...good, but not great. this cake is like a "brownie-cake" and everyone loved it.

lj...oooh, i hope it turns out as good as i think it should. i bet the kidney beans will work. i think i've made one with cannellini before.

Trevor Sis Boom said...

Guess who made this today?

Jules and Ruby said...

TREVOR !!!!...HI ! glad you tried this. hope you liked it. i have a present for you. i'll email you soon

Anonymous said...

I made it ... twice! Used kidney beans as we don't get canned black beans here, and I didn't want to wait for the beans to soak and cook!
It came out fabulous!!
2nd time I shorted some kidney beans, so added a few butter beans to make up the weight ... and then subbed the orange juice for a 1/3 C ricotta and some cinnamon. Equally divine!
Thx for this one, Jules ... a treasure for sure


Jules and Ruby said...

hi Nata...thanks for the report...and thanks for the comment letting others know that if they don't have the black beans, go ahead and use another's works! oh...and the ricotta and cinnamon was a great idea. i'm ok with dairy so maybe i'll give it a try.

Spencer said...

This recipe sounds amazing! I have never heard of a black bean chocolate cake before so will try and make it.

Jules and Ruby said...

hi Spencer...i hope you do and i'd love a report.

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